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12-year-old boy shot dead hours after a memorial for his cousin who was also shot dead

Jajuan Hubert Latham died on Saturday.

The 12-year-old was sitting in his father's car when he was caught in crossfire and shot in the head.
The 12-year-old was sitting in his father's car when he was caught in crossfire and shot in the head.
Image: Facebook/KnoxvillePD

A 12-YEAR-OLD cousin of a teenage American football player shot dead in December was himself shot and killed hours after an event honoring his slain relative.

Jajuan Hubert Latham was shot in the head in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, shortly after attending a celebrity basketball game in honor of Zaevion Dobson, 15, who was killed in December shielding his friends from gunfire.

The death of Dobson, a high-school athlete, prompted President Barack Obama to tweet at the time promoting the need for greater gun control.

Latham was shot in the head and rushed to a hospital by his father, but doctors were unable to save him, Knoxville police said in a statement.

Latham was hit while he was sitting in the back of his father’s car after shooting erupted between a large number of people in a park and the occupants of two vehicles driving by.

“We went and had a good time and he was a good kid,” his father Hubert Latham said, referring to the basketball game, which was also designed to appeal to youngsters to stop the violence.

They took my son’s life.

© – AFP 2015 

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